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quo warranto

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noun quo war·ran·to \ˌkwō-wə-ˈrän-(ˌ)tō, -ˈran-; -ˈwȯr-ən-ˌtō, -ˈwär-\

Definition of quo warranto

  1. 1 a :  an English writ formerly requiring a person to show by what authority he exercises a public office, franchise, or liberty b :  a legal proceeding for a like purpose begun by an information

  2. 2 :  the legal action begun by a quo warranto




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